5 Best Cities for a Southern Christmas
Folks in San Antonio, Atlanta, Louisville, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. know how to spice up the holidays with just the right mix of tradition and surprise. Here, our picks for what to see, do, and buy in each city.
1. San AntonioTried-and-true Tradition: San Antonio River Walk (pictured)
Along the San Antonio River, downtown
The city’s most famous attraction really shines this month, with 120,000 lights, carolers serenading from boats, and color (even more this year thanks to the new 1.3-mile extension). The El Mercado area, just five minutes by foot, was put on this earth for Christmas shopping (from maracas to hand-embroidered dresses). Special: Fiesta de las Luminarias, Friday-Sunday nights December 4-20, with 6,000 candlelit brown bags in the tradition of lighting the way for the Holy Family. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Becoming a Tradition: San Antonio Rose Live’s Classic Holiday Show,
Aztec Theatre, River Walk
This new local attraction provides two hours of seasonal songs by the 10-piece group called San Antonio Rose, featuring singers from San Antonio, Nashville, Austin, and Branson. Tickets begin at $20. sanantonioroselive.com